The Session: My Favorite Beer

My favorite beer
Depends on the day, place, and
Cash in my pocket

The best part of beer
Is trying the untried and
Seeking something new

Living in the now
And savoring what’s at hand
Really can’t be beat

Written by Captain Hops.

References: This post is part of The Session. The Session is a monthly beer-themed group writing project for bloggers. This month’s theme is Favorite Beer and it is hosted by A World of Brews.

What is my favorite beer? Frankly, it’s the one I’m drinking. Of course there are some beers that I like more than others. But I wouldn’t say that my “go to” beer is necessarily my favorite. I wouldn’t even say that there is a “go to” beer. If you did a fridge analysis over the course of the past year, you’d be hard pressed to come up with a lead occupant. If you compared an analysis of this year versus last year, you’d also see big changes.

I love to drink local beers. When I lived in Portland, Oregon, I frequently drank Bridgeport, Deschutes, and Rogue at home. When I went out, I’d go to Lucky Lab, McMenamins, Laurelhurst, or any of the many brewpubs.

Now that I live in Baltimore, Maryland, I frequently drink Clipper City, Wild Goose, Flying Dog, Troeg, Victory, Dogfish Head, and Brewer’s Alley. I don’t get out as much anymore because I am old and Baltimore just isn’t as family friendly as Portland, but the Brewer’s Art offers a fantastic beer and food experience.

When times are good, I will reach higher up the shelf to try something new and exotic. When times are tougher, I work hard to find quality and value for my hard earned beer buying buck.

I’m breaking the rules of this Session, but I will not name a favorite beer. The reason I like beer is because it is impossible to keep a favorite for longer than 15 minutes.

I am dying to see how others respond to this question.

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  1. I refer you to Beer Haiku Daily’s haiku of the day for 11/1/2008:
    My favorite beer?
    Is it the one I just drank?
    No, it’s the next one.

    Like Captain Hops says, my favorite beer varies from day to day. During the hot summer weather, my favorites are Pyramid Apricot Ale, Buffalo Bill’s Orange Blossom Cream Ale, and Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy. The rest of the year, I go for hoppy beers. My favorites (alphabetized by brewer) are:
    Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
    Boulder’s Mojo IPA
    Dogfish Head’s 90 Minute Imperial IPA
    Dogfish Head’s India Brown Ale
    Fort Collins’ Rocky Mountain IPA
    Rogue’s Santa’s Private Reserve Ale
    Stone’s IPA
    Stone’s Ruination IPA
    Surly’s Furious

    Of these, the one I drink most (due to price and availability where I live) is Fort Collins’ Rocky Mountain IPA. So I guess that makes it my “go to” beer.

    I’m also a big fan of the beer at Boscos brewpub in Nashville. If you’re in the area, check it out. Boscos also has locations in Memphis and Little Rock.

  2. Thanks for pointing that out Dave! I meant to highlight your haiku in the post, but just forgot. Of course this way you get to add the detail.

  3. nice – totally agree with your points re; budget and situation.

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